Tag Archives: Shows and Exhibitions

It is tough to come up with new names for shows.  One great thing that a veteran professional artist taught me is to always have new names for similar exhibitions. The diversity looks better on a CV for students and curators both.  And so it is with our annual Student Exhibition every May.  I wanted to pull off something new.  In the past we have created and given ribbons to the exhibition winners, but I wanted to up the ante.  I took the theme of flight and a compass, incorporating a 3d printed airplane as part of the award.  The plane even points toward the NW.  How cool is that? So much fun to do and the students loved them.  Make it special for the students and they will always remember.




Jeff Forster Poster: October, 2013

If the work is interesting enough, it should make the poster.  I wanted to present the title as if it were projected onto the piece.  The slight distortion to the type is thanks to a displacement map.

I like adding quotes from the artist statement.  It adds a personal touch.  A hint to the viewer. A clue.  Something to say… “hey! You!  You may relate to this.  Come and see the rest of my work.”

I remember this show. The pieces were heavy.  Special custom mounts were made for the pieces to hang on the wall.  If they had fallen, the marble beneath would have felt it.

I have always been attached to atmospheric firing, but sadly as much as I want to build a soda/salt kiln in my backyard, the city of Fort Worth has codes.  I’ll have to purchase some land out in the country somewhere.  Wish. Wish.

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144 Instagrams, September 2010, 30×30″, giclee’ print on enhanced matte paper

My wife and I joke that “if you didn’t Instagram it, It didn’t happen”.  This printed work catalogs about  a years worth of Instagrams.  Not everthing was used, but in this piece you can make out my love of type, movie screen captures, pottery, and common icons/architecture/fixtures that go unnoticed daily.  Instagram captures images in a square format.  I wonder why they decided that.  Maybe it is nod to the instamatic…the Polaroid.  Either way, its difficult to capture things visually within this format as we have become accustomed to a wider format and even wide-screen.  Squares remind me of grids and grids remind me of architecture.  My first introduction to drawing was in a Drafting class so many years ago in high school.  I still remember how I “got it”.  So much so that I won the award for that year.  It wouldn’t be until 10 years later that I would pursue an art education in college.  I get the square, but it’s tough to be square all the time.

The show was a great success, thank  you so much to our hosts for all your help and support!


Also, thank you to everyone who came out.  We had a great turn out for gallery night, and I was lucky enough to get a mention and some preview pictures in the Fort Worth Star Telegram.

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The show is still running through May 4th, open Saturdays and Sundays 12 – 5pm.

Gallery 414, 414 Templeton, Fort Worth, TX  76107

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Useless Vanities, my first solo show here in Fort Worth showcasing work from the Gizmo(logy) series, will open in less than a week!

I delivered all the 2D work on Saturday, and worked with my good friend and gallery curator to get everything organized and installed.

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After looking at the work, we decided to forgo the ceramics pieces and go with a 100% 2D show.  It just looked more cohesive and clean, I think.


I’m really excited for the opening, and am very pleased with how it all came together!

Useless Vanities

Gallery 414

414 Templeton, Fort Worth TX

March 29 – May 4

Opening Reception: March 29, 2pm – 9pm

I’ve been making panels for the 2D prints I’m doing in the gizmo(logy) series. I purchased the smaller sizes from Cheap Joe’s to save some time building, and was impressed with both the cost and the quality. But once I got the process down, I ended up making a variety of panels at home.

Here’s a quick how-to:

I’m building the frames with Select Pine 1×2’s for the edges, and 1/4″ sanded pine plywood boards for the tops.  The sides and top are held together with wood glue and clamped down to dry for at least an hour. I tacked the corners of larger frames with a brad nailer for added strength.1 framing tools

Here’s a look at 4 6×6″ frames glued together and dry.2 panels

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My wife took some pictures of me to use in my digital work for the show this month.  Here’s the before and after shots:


Images were manipulated in photoshop, adding elements from industrial and architectural photographs I’ve taken. Printed images are mounted to wood panels and sanded to add to aging effects, before being finished with Breathing Color Glamour 2 glicee matte finish.